Crock pot rice is so easy and the rice turns out light and fluffy. We like to make double and freeze it for a quick side dish.
Crock pot rice
Crock pot rice is one of my favorite ways to save money. I get brown rice or even white rice on sale all the time. However, it takes forever to cook brown rice…. 40 minutes to be exact! I don’t have time for that. 🙂 Do you? Probably not.
However, I’m not going to pay for an over priced box of rice just to save me a few minutes. Instead, I like to cook my rice in BULK in the crock pot.
I can cook an entire pound of rice in under 3 hours without ever having to look at the pan. If I can clean or play with the kids while my rice is cooking then I’m much better off. 😉
Then what I do, is divide that crock pot rice into equal containers to freeze. Yes… I actually freeze my rice. It is the best idea and a must try if you want to save time and money.
It is really so easy to freeze rice. I then can pop my frozen rice in to the microwave for my own cheaper (or free) minute rice. Win- win! Make sure you read my post on how to freeze rice.
Can you cook rice in a crock pot?
Yes, and it is my favorite way to cook rice. This is the easiest way to make rice and I guarantee it will turn out fluffy every time.
Ingredients for the best crock pot rice:
- 4 cups rice
- 8 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
How to cook rice in a crock pot:
Add the rice, salt and water to your crockpot. You can do 2-4 cups of rice. 4 cups of rice is an entire 1 lb package so that is what I always do.
You will want to make sure you have double the water than you do rice. So if you are cooking 2 cups of rice, use 4 cups of water. If you cook 4 cups of rice, you will need 8 cups of water (at least). I always add in a bit more. 😉
You can season it or even use chicken stock if you want. However, I just like to have plain rice, so I can season it with each meal that I am going to make.
Before you know it you will have delicious rice ready to eat or freeze! If you are cooking white rice, it will be done in slightly under 2 hours.
Cooking Brown Rice in a crock pot:
Brown rice takes about 3 hours to cook on high. It is that easy!
Make sure you have a good slow cooker for cooking rice in crock pot.
Now you definitely need a crockpot for this recipe. There are some really good ones on sale right now. If you work all day, you may want to invest in a programmable crockpot. They are awesome because you can set them to start later, or to stop and switch to warm once the dinners are ready. Amazon has some on sale right now too.
Now if you want to save yourself even more time (don’t we all?) then I really recommend these Crockpot liners. They make clean up a breeze. Instead of scrubbing and washing the pot, you can just toss the liner. It is practically no clean up.
How much does this easy crock pot rice cost?
I always stock up when I see rice on sale. It makes it so inexpensive and a really frugal side dish for dinner.
1 lb of rice is about $2, versus $3 for a box of instant rice that has about a 1/2 of the amount of rice inside. You can easily save 50% just by making your rice ahead of time and freezing it.
However, if you are using coupons and shopping the sales you will save even more!
This slow cooker rice is the so easy and you can use basmati rice, long grain rice, brown rice or anything you prefer for this rice recipe.
We love using the crock pot and it’s easier than the stove top.
Print this crock pot rice recipe below:
This easy Crock pot Rice recipe is perfect to cook rice in huge batches. Then you can freeze it for later which saves you even more money.
- 4 cups Rice
- 8 cups Water
- 1 tsp Salt
Place the rice on the bottom of the crockpot and season with the salt.
Pour water over the rice. (You want double the water as rice, so if you have 2 cups of rice, you will need 4 cups of water).
Cook on high for 2 to 2½ hours for white rice.
Fluff with a fork and serve or freeze.
Make sure you check out all my Crock Pot recipes here.